WESTERN CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME BOARD MEMBERS

 

Dan Carr
Dan Carr was a NCAA Collegiate football official for 32 years and a PIAA Scholastic football official for 44  years. He was the Director of Internal Audit for 35 years.  He is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren


William (Bill) Caye II 
William (“Bill”) F. Caye II [pronounced Ki] is the founder and president of William F. Caye II, LLC a statewide criminal and juvenile trial advocacy and defense litigation firm and he also works as a special senior advisor/consultant to organizations and nonprofits as well as small businesses to trouble shoot alternative business, regulatory and employment disputes.  Bill has been an Executive Board Member since 2012.  Bill’s professional career spans over 26 years of being in service to others and he has performed as a judicial law clerk, state and county prosecutor, court appointed conflict attorney and frequent juvenile advocate and he has appeared as an arbiter in challenging small claims court cases and administrative forums.

Bill frequently teaches and lectures throughout the Commonwealth to various audiences on trending legal topics and has personally trained and mentored other criminal justice professionals in his capacity as a Master barrister with the Inn of Court (Dean Ed Sell Chapter) and as a former Senior Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General.  As a past SDAG, Bill investigated, prosecuted, and convicted over 110 child sexual offenders including numerous sexual violent predators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Bill has routinely appeared and tried criminal prosecution cases from preliminary hearings to jury verdicts in multiple counties; moreover, he recently was a merit finalist for the interim judicial vacancy nomination process in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas vetted by and through Governor Tom Wolf and his appointment panel.

Bill previously worked as a civil plaintiff’s trial attorney fighting for the rights of injured and disabled workers and he gained early recognition in the legal community as a rising star prosecutor in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office under Hon. Bob Colville, Sr.  Bill initially clerked for the Chief US District Court Judge and interned at the PA Supreme Court.

Bill is a current active Board of Governors member for the alumni association at Duquesne University School of Law and he is the current President for the Serra Club Diocese of Pittsburgh.  He received his JD from the law school in 1993 and his BA from the Duquesne University School of Liberal Arts in 1990, graduating Magna cum Laude with high honors.

Bill played collegiate Baseball at the Division 1 level for the Dukes in the Atlantic 10 Conference.  His late father, Billy Caye, Sr., is a PA Sports HOF Inductee of the Western Chapter and was a former Board Member.  Bill is married to Tammy Lyn Gaydos Caye and they have 2 boys, Billy, and Adam, in high school in their home community of South Fayette Township, in Allegheny County.


Robert “Tick” Cloherty
Robert was in the U.S Marine Corps – 1955-58. He received his bachelor degree in Secondary Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He received his Master’s Degree in Guidance from Duquesne University in 1964. He was a four year starter, offensive and defensive tackle at Clarion, 1958 thru 1961 seasons and was the Clarion Golden Eagles Co-Captain. During the 1961 season he was named First team All-PSAC Offensive and Defensive Tackle 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961 seasons.

Clarion University of PA. Sports HOF – Class of 1993
Member: Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame Committee I
Inducted: East Boros Chapter: PA Sports HOF – Class of 1994
Inducted: Western Chapter: PA Sports HOF – Class of 1997
Inducted May 26, 2017: WPIAL Sports HOF – Class of 2017
Teacher and Football Coach – Penn Hills School District – 1962 to 1965
Manufacturer’s Rep – John P Cloherty Company – 1965 to 1970
Business Manager – Swissvale School District – 1970 to 1979
Business Manager – Woodland Hills School District – 1979 to 1992
Elected President: PA School Business Managers (2100 members) – 1985 – 86
WPIAL football official for 35 years
WPIAL basketball official for 25 years
President: West Penn Basketball Officials – 1974 Assigning Secretary: Eastern
of Interscholastic Football Officials – 1992 to 2000
Commissioner: WPIAL Quad AAAA Football Officials – 2000 to 2014
Heinz Field scoreboard operator – Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers – 2000 to 2012
Inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame with the class of 2018
Tick served as president of the Western Chapter of the PA Sports HOF for 30 Years (From 1987 to 2016)

Our chapter was renamed the Robert “Tick” Cloherty – Western Chapter in his honor on May 18, 2016


Steven J. Dobis  
Dobis received his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Albion College in Michigan. He is the president of Dobis and Associates, CPAs. He is currently the treasurer for the Western Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame. He is the treasure for Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials.  He also is a high school football official. Previously he was the treasurer of the Board of Mainstay Life Services and South Fayette Township. He used to be a high school and collegiate baseball and softball umpire.


Michael Dobos 
Michael Dobos graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1979. He was a solo practitioner in the practice of dentistry in Bethel Park, PA for almost 25 years. He taught for 30 years at the Pitt Dental School and served as the Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry/Comprehensive Care for 8 years. He officiated high school and college football for 38 years. He presently serves as the Banquet Program Coordinator for the Hall of Fame.



Alex Guminski
Alex is a practicing criminal defense attorney and an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor for professional football players. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2003 where he played soccer and baseball, The University of Pittsburgh in 2008, and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012.

Dr. Karen Hall
For the last fifteen years, Dr. Karen Hall has specialized in Leadership, particularly growing and elevating leaders, corporations, and organization to sustain high performance level. She solidified her expertise by earning a Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Dr. Hall’s leadership has manifest in her extensive careers of Education, Leadership, Communication, and Athletics Leadership Learning (LLL) Lab, High Performance Level, LLC was established in 2018.  Dr. Hall is the Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity Review Commission as appointed by the Mayor of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hall is an ESPN3 College Women’s Basketball Color Analyst. She is an Associate Executive Director/Communications Director at Ozanam, Inc. In addition, Dr. Hall teaches in the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University. She produces, hosts and owns “The Hall Pass,” a leadership Podcast and TV-Show and facilitates Leadership Learning Lab Workshops/High Performance Levels, LLC.


Melanie Miller
Melanie Miller is a 1989 graduate of Gateway High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Florida. Melanie has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for the last 24 years. She also is an assistant swim coach for the South Fayette High School and Middle School swim teams and the Steel City Aquatics club.

While at Gateway High School, Melanie was a 7 time WPIAL & 6 time State Champion in the 50 & 100 freestyles. Melanie attended the University of Florida on a swimming scholarship. While at Florida, Melanie was named to the US National Team & competed internationally. Melanie was an NCAA Division 1 champion as a member of the 4×100 Free Relay that broke the NCAA, US Open, & American records. Melanie was a multiple time All American in high school and in college. She competed in Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, & 1996.

Melanie has been inducted into the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame, the East Boros Hall of Fame, and the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Melanie is married to her husband, Rob with whom she has two boys, Ryan and Shawn.


Paul Palmer
Paul Palmer is a 1957 Dormont High School graduate, where he participated in football and on the track and field team and is a 1961 Clarion graduate with a B.S. in Secondary Education (English and Spanish), where he also played football. During his years in education, he taught secondary English and Spanish in the Munhall School District ( now Steel Valley) from 1961 through 1966, where he also was a varsity assistant football coach, head swimming coach and Senior Class Play director; at South Hills Catholic High School ( now Seton-LaSalle) from 1969 through 1973, where he taught Spanish, was a varsity assistant football coach, assistant track and field coach and was both the annual fund drive director and Director of Public Relations. He also taught secondary Spanish and English in the North Allegheny School District from 1973 through 1979 where he was an assistant varsity football coach, Junior Class sponsor, Junior Class play director and School Musical director.

Paul is currently serving on the Clarion University of PA. Foundation Board of Directors after having spent eight years serving on the Clarion University Alumni Association Board of Directors where he was Chair of the Distinguished Alumni Awards committee. He currently serves as the liaison between these two boards. He also chairs the Class of 1961 Education Honors Scholarship Endowment,  the Sigma Tau Gamma/Sigma Tau Honors Scholarship Endowment and is an proud “worker bee” for the Golden Eagle Football Alumni “Dare to Dream” and “Golden Talon” Scholarship Endowment initiatives.


Jim Perry
Jim Perry is  currently one of the Vice Presidents of the Western Chapter of the Pa. Sports Hall of Fame.  He graduated from Slippery Rock State College in 1963. He worked as a Health and Physical Ed. teacher at Fox Chapel Area School District for 36 years. Perry was the head soccer coach at Fox Chapel HS for 19 years. He was the Section Coach of the Year 10 times and WPIAL Coach of the Year twice. He was chosen to coach the U.S. High School All Star team in the ’85 Dapper Dan Soccer Classic. He served as the State Coach in charge of the Western Pa. Olympic Development teams for 15 years. He also founded the WPIAL Soccer All Star Game in ’87 and was a National Collegiate soccer official for 25 years. Perry was an instructor for the State Youth Soccer Organization and coached a licensing program for 24 years. He was a member of the National Soccer Coaches Assoc. “All American Selection Committee (Pa.) from 1992 – 2004. He also served as a scout for the Pittsburgh Spirit Indoor Soccer Team.


Len Semplice 
Len Semplice graduated from South Hills Catholic, began coaching hockey at age 15 and coached for 32 years. He coached at Upper St. Clair from 1976-1984, winning league titles in 1980 and 1981 and a PA. title in 1980 at age 21. He was the head coach at Central Catholic 1984-1988, winning division titles in 1987 and 1988 and a WPIHL title in 1987. First American born head coach in Toronto’s Metro League and was the General manager/head coach of the Wisconsin Capitals. He trained a Korea University team and a professional team in Canada and was the first American to coach hockey at the professional level in Europe. He was named Director of the McKnight Hockey Center at Shady Side Academy and head hockey coach in 1994. He is the founder and longtime commissioner of the Midwest Prep Hockey League and the league’s championship trophy bears his name.


John W. (Jack) Teitz
Senior-level executive who specializes in providing business planning and financial restructuring services to a wide variety of manufacturing and distribution companies (including steel, aluminum, metal scrap processors, construction contractors, O&G service businesses and other industrial clients) for over forty years. During the past thirty+ years, he has provided “hands-on” interim management support (as CEO/CFO/CRO/Receiver/Trustee) and has completed asset-sale and refinancing projects for “financially distressed” companies in the “Rust Belt”. Other notable highlights include a successful track record as an NCAA Football Official for twenty-three years, including 21 years working for the Big Ten Conference. He participated in over 250 NCAA football games and was selected to work the National Championship Game in 2000. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Robert ‘Tick” Cloherty Western Chapter in 2019.